A private guided holiday including a three day trek. Scenery, architecture and the unique way of life of the Bhutanese people.
The Kingdom of Bhutan, nestling in the heart of the great Himalaya, only opened its gates to foreigners in 1974. It remains a deeply conservative society, where traditional life continues much as it always has. A visit to Bhutan is one of the great remaining travel possibilities, for its magnificent scenery, unique architecture, and old-fashioned hospitality. This is a holiday for two or more people that includes Bhutan’s highlights and three days undemanding and unforgettable trekking. It can be tailored to your personal requirements.
£3500.00 per person based on two people sharing. Reduction for three or more people. Reductions for children.
9 nights accommodation in hotels (tents during trek); private guide throughout Bhutan; all transportation in private vehicle throughout Bhutan including airport transfers; all meals in Bhutan; visa fee; all entry fees.
International flights (see below for flight information). Sleeping bags for trek – please bring your own
Day 1: Arrive Paro
On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. If you have time in the afternoon you might like to visit the Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646; the National Museum; Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro – Thimpu
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche, the 7th century spiritual master, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 metres above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. Hike back to Paro in the afternoon. Then drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, a mixture of modern development and ancient culture. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight hotel in Thimpu.
Day 3: Thimpu-Gangtey
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey via Dochu La Pass (3,140 metres), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. You will have tea and snacks at Dochu La cafeteria. Continue drive to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gantey village, where you’ll visit Gantey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gantey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. Overnight hotel in Gangtey.
Day 4: Trek Begins. Gangtey-Gogona (distance 15km, time 6-7 hours)
The trail begins from Phobjika Valley, through meadows, and then through a mixed forest of rhododendron, bamboo, juniper, and magnolia. You reach Tsele La (pass) at 3,440m, and after crossing some meadows, you will descend to a valley. There will be a short climb to the camp at Gogona. Nearby is a small village where you can drink some home-made ‘arra’. The women in this village are known for the woven blankets they make. Altitude 3,100m.
Day 5: Gogona-Khothangkha (distance 16km, time 6-7 hours)
The trail goes gently uphill. You will notice the daphne plants, from which the Bhutanese make traditional paper (and which you can purchase in Thimphu). After a long, but gradual climb, you will cross Shobju La (pass) at 3,410m. The trail is downhill from here. You will pass an old coal mine and a miner’s camp. Eventually you will come to Chorten Karpo, where you will see four ‘chortens’ in honor of the four chief abbots who came from this area. The camp is near the four chortens. Altitude 2,790m.
Day 6: Trek Ends. Khothangkha-Chazam-Torongsa (distance 12km, time 5 hours)
A short ascent leads to a pass; then the path descends steeply through everchanging vegetation to the bridge in Wangduephodrang. Your trek ends here. Your car will be waiting here for transfer to Trongsa. Overnight hotel in Trongsa.
Day 7: Trongsa-Bumthang
In the morning you’ll visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you’ll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the Yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Day 8: Bumthang-Wangdue
You’ll begin the day by driving to Wangduephodrang, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work. Overnight hotel in Wangdue.
Day 9: Wangdue-Paro
You will drive to Paro with a stop at Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, visit the weekend market to see Bhutanese people from all walks of life selling and buying chilies, fresh cheese, fruits, vegetables, Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. In the evening, continue to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 10: Paro-Airport
Drive to airport for departure.
From £3500 per person based on two people sharing.
9 nights Accommodation in hotels and tents when trekking.
Private guide throughout Bhutan; all transportation in private vehicle throughout Bhutan including airport transfers; all meals in Bhutan; visa fee; all entry fees.
Bhutan has only one international airport – Paro and two airlines that operate flights to the airport. These are Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.
There are usually several flights per week from Kathmandu, New Delhi, Singapore and Bangkok, either direct or via Dhaka, Kolkata or Bagdogra.
Further details of flight schedules can be found at https://www.drukair.com.bt/ or http://www.bhutanairlines.bt/
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
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